Category Archives: Rising Stars

Hip New Jersey sits with the state’s up-and-comers before they hit the mainstream. We’ll find out what motivates them on their journey to the top!

nykki ross

Nykki Ross on Fitness, Nutrition and Bodybuilding

Nykki Ross of Body By Nykki sat with Lisa Marie Latino in the #HipNJ studio to discuss all things fitness and nutrition.

Nykki’s father, Master Phil Ross, is not only the area’s most decorated and accomplished martial artist and fitness instructor, but also a great friend to #HipNJ. So, it was only natural that Nykki stop by and discuss her accomplishments.

“I’ve always been involved in fitness,” Ross says. She did her first show in November of 2015, and has been doing them ever since.

“It takes a lot,” she says, when asked what it takes to get her body into competition shape. “I was lifting five to six days a week, doing cardio four to five days a week,” she explains.

Ross says that she has met so many wonderful women through this sport, whether it be in person or on social media. “We have this network of strong, awesome women.”

Ross runs her own business, Body By Nykki. She provides online and in-person coaching, as well as meal plans and online workout plans.

To learn more, click here. Or, check out Body By Nykki on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

100 Things To Do in Newark Before You Die

“100 Things To Do in Newark Before You Die” Book Launch

On Tuesday, August 15th, Newark’s official Glambassador Lauren Craig hosted the launch party at the Newark Museum for her newly published book 100 Things To Do in Newark Before You Die (Reedy Press, $15.98). Through this book, Lauren’s goal was to highlight the cuisine, art, history, and culture of the City of Newark to show tourists and natives alike what the city has to offer.

100 Things to Do in Newark Before You Die is your personal tour guide to New Jersey’s largest city. This comprehensive (and family-friendly) listing of 100 amazing ideas will immerse you in the best of Newark cuisine, art, history and culture.

“As Newark’s Glambassador, I am so excited to be able to shine a light on the beauty, culture, and warmth that is Newark, New Jersey,” says Lauren. “It’s time to change the narrative about Newark! This city is the hidden jewel of the East Coast, and 100 Things to Do in Newark Before You Die is your personal key to the city.”

This book is the latest achievement in a long list of accomplishments by the Newark powerhouse. Lauren, also known as “In a Word Fab”, is a writer, marketer, media personality. Crowned as Newark’s Glambassador by the Greater Newark Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Lauren writes travel blogs for NewarkHappening.com and contributes content to media outlets like MTV and Ebony while acting as Marketing Manager for Newark Arts. After practicing law for 10 years, Lauren retired to pursue her passions full-time and now lives a life filled with creativity, yoga, and happiness.

The event was sponsored by the City of Newark, the Newark Museum, Newark Happening, Newark Arts, and Reedy Press.
A-list attendees included Mayor Ras Baraka, City of Newark; Karin Aaron, President and CEO of the Greater Newark Convention and Visitor’s Bureau; Jeremy Johnson, Executive Director of Newark Arts and Steve Kern, Director and CEO of Newark Museum.

Visit 100thingsnewark.com for all things Brick City, and be sure to follow @100thingsnewark and @inawordfab on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

#MusicMonday: Happy Hawthorne

It’s #MusicMonday, and #HipNJ is here to tell you about an up-and-coming New Jersey band named Happy Hawthorne.

Before we learn about how the band came to be, here is a breakdown of who is who in this Garden State group:

Steve Hawthorne: Lead Singer/ Rhythm Guitarist

Chris DeCheser: Lead Guitarist/ Backup Vocalist

Deniz Piatt: Drummer

Riley Cocchi: Bassist

Hawthorne got started at The Original Music School in Morristown. There, he met Cocchi and DeCheser. Piatt discovered the group online and jumped right in. “I think it adds a unique aspect to the band,” Cocchi says of being the only female band member.

The band says that they are still developing their sound, which sometimes ranges from rock to jazz.  Their songs are mainly originals, but they tend to perform covers at their live shows.

The band treated the #HipNJ studio to a performance of their original song, “Mad Max.” Check it out below.

They didn’t stop there! Happy Hawthorne also performed their cover of “Hang Me Up To Dry” by Cold War Kids. Watch below!

To learn more about Happy Hawthorne, click here.